On Saturday, February 9, 2013 6:54:38 PM UTC-5, Kim Jones wrote:
> What an extraordinarily interesting idea, Craig! I'll have to let Brian 
> Eno know about this. Eno was recently talking about the possibilities of a 
> new kind of "inaudible music". Actually, John Cage already "invented" that 
> in the '50s with his infamous piece "4'.33" " - where the pianist walks to 
> the keyboard, sits there for 4 minutes and 33 seconds (without playing 
> anything) and then gets up and leaves. The "music" is in fact all the 
> little reactionary giggles, guffaws, sighs etc. of the audience's outraged 
> reaction. Also the tweets of the little birdies in the trees outside etc. 
> It qualifies as music because each and every performance of 4'. 33" is 
> different. The environment interprets the score; the performer is merely 
> the catalyst. And I can assure you, good old John Cage was no stranger to 
> the odd hallucinogenic experience.

Yes, I'm familiar with all of that. The history of art and music is full of 
conceptual provocations, from Malevich to Duchamp, Shoenberg to Zappa. 

While I agree that these can be very interesting and imaginative, they 
hardly disprove my point. Music is in no danger of being replaced by silent 
representations of music.

> Can we encode the music of silence in binary?

We can't encode any music in binary, we can only encode instructions for an 
instrument to stimulate human ears in a way that we find musical, or silent.


> Kim
> On 09/02/2013, at 10:45 AM, Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com<javascript:>> 
> wrote:
> If music were just an audible math though, then people should enjoy 
> watching oscilloscope renditions of songs with no sound as much as they do 
> listening to them.

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